Overseas brands are keen to bring their business models to Australia while homegrown Aussie businesses spot opportunities in franchising.
An American fast food chain will be winging its way here after signing a franchise agreement to open 110 outlets in Australasia.
Wingstop Restaurants already has more than 1,000 locations globally and expects to open its first Australian outlet in Brisbane before July 2018.
It’s been delivering wings, sides and fries since opening its doors in Texas back in 1994. Three years later the brand launched into franchising, and the growth has continued.
The typical menu is quite niche with classic and boneless wings cooked to order and flavoured with 11 distinctive mixes.
Larry Kruguer, president of international at Wingstop said “Australia is a major consumer of chicken, and our uniquely flavoured wings provide a differentiated offering in the market."
A TOUCH OF MEXICO
The Australian franchisee firm operating KFC and Sizzlers stores, Collins Food Group, is to reintroduce US Mexican chain Taco Bell to the Australian market.
This will be the third time the American brand has tried to get a foothold in Australia. Collins Foods said a former Sizzler restaurant in Annerley, Brisbane, will be the launch location.
The move comes after the US fast food brand failed to gain traction in Australia in the 1980s, and again between 1997 and 2005, when it had a store on Sydney’s George Street.
Taco Bell will be a late-comer to the popular Mexican food sector which is dominated by franchised chains such as Guzman y Gomez, Mad Mex and Zambrero.
The US fast food business has established a dominant position in the American fast-food market since founding in 1954. It’s now owned by food giant Yum Brands, which owns a raft of KFC restaurants in Australia.
AROUND THE WORLD
Global brand Papa Johns Pizza has its eyes on Australian expansion. Already in more than 44 countries, with over 5,000 outlets, this Kentucky, US-based business pits itself as mid market - well priced but with a gourmet touch, the home-grown tomato paste and freshly made dough the keys to its product success.
Papa Johns Pizza is looking for one or more master franchisees to help build the Australian business.
Indian retail brand Methyz injects colour and creativity into the world of relaxed footwear, with its range of rubber thongs designed to last. The footwear is designed and owned by a firm that has been manufacturing rubber footwear since 1972.
Now the distinctive stud‘n’strap styles are heading to our shores as the expansion plan turns to Australia and opportunities to open retail outlets.
And from Munich, Germany, another retail concept: beautifully packaged exotic oils and vinegars infused with unusual flavours such as strawberry, date or Indian whiskey. It’s a niche offer - the Vom Foss business is family-owned with specialist outlets around the world, and initial interest is focused on Melbourne and Sydney.
LOCAL BRANDS TURNING TO
Local cafe chain Twisted Sista proved a popular stop for visitors to the Melbourne expo tempted by the colourful gelato on show that was just a taster for the full menu.
This well-established business is run by a family operating in hospitality for 35 years. With four franchises already established, Twisted Sista has plans to open another 12 next year.
Top quality Australian produce turned into American-inspired burgers is the point of difference for New York Minute, a fast food business that specialises in bespoke, gourmet products sourced through ethical supply chains.
It all started in 2010 in Moonee Ponds, and now there are five stores as the business looks to expand through franchising.